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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Subaru Legacy or Honda Accord reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Subaru Legacy and Honda Accord reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Accord 68 Accords, 4.2 months of data per Accord, average 4700 miles8
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2014 Subaru Legacy 60 Legacys, 5.5 months of data per Legacy, average 5400 miles4
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Accord 150 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 12200 miles

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17
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Subaru Legacy 106 Legacys, 10.0 months of data per Legacy, average 15700 miles19
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Accord 36 Accords, 10.1 months of data per Accord, average 22200 miles3
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Subaru Legacy 113 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 28000 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Accord 38 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 42900 miles10
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Subaru Legacy 150 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 41200 miles27
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Accord 53 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 47600 miles18
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Subaru Legacy 117 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 53400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
25
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Accord 57 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 61000 miles9
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Subaru Legacy 55 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 61400 miles63
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Accord 89 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 70700 miles31
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Subaru Legacy 63 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 74600 miles

Starting to see head gasket failures with the 2008s. A common problem with previous model years.
74
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Accord 101 Accords, 10.0 months of data per Accord, average 84000 miles34
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Subaru Legacy 48 Legacys, 9.6 months of data per Legacy, average 76600 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
63
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Honda Accord 83 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 99000 miles23
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Subaru Legacy 68 Legacys, 9.3 months of data per Legacy, average 91800 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.
91
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Accord 65 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 112400 miles42
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Subaru Legacy 99 Legacys, 9.2 months of data per Legacy, average 100300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.
103
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Honda Accord 70 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 120900 miles67
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Subaru Legacy   23 Legacys, 9.0 months of data per Legacy, average 124900 miles

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2003 Honda Accord 64 Accords, 8.7 months of data per Accord, average 137800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
80
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Subaru Legacy 28 Legacys, 10.9 months of data per Legacy, average 145500 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
107
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Accord 36 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 133400 miles73
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Subaru Legacy   18 Legacys, 7.7 months of data per Legacy, average 146200 miles

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2001 Honda Accord 30 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 157800 miles57
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Subaru Legacy 28 Legacys, 8.3 months of data per Legacy, average 166900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.
88
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Accord 42 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 162600 miles61
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Subaru Legacy   18 Legacys, 8.2 months of data per Legacy, average 166300 miles

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1999 Honda Accord 27 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 157800 miles65
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Subaru Legacy   17 Legacys, 7.6 months of data per Legacy, average 162100 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Legacy

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
We keep cars for 10 years or more. I expect to drive this one for the next 15.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Had the previous model. I never had any problems, it was a solid car, as all Subarus seem to be.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
You see many Subarus still on the road. I have heard many stories of these vehicles still running great with high mileage.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
subaru has been using the same basic engine design for years. the design is tested and proven to be very durable.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like most Japanese cars the Subaru is known for being reliable and durable. I have owned this vehicle for just over a year and with the exception of a leaky transmission line (assembly error) it has only required regular maintenance.
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I beat the piss out of my car - but it still keeps coming back for more. The only problem I had was a wheel bearing going bad. This was fixed under warranty.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
proven engine and awd
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Low maintenance, tough enough to base a heavy duty version of the car, think Outback, will go hundreds of thousands of miles if you just remember to do the recommended maintenance.
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Here in Canada, we see extremes in temperatures. It gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You need a car that is built tough.
2006 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very dependable.
Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Many more problems than any other Subaru I have owned. Lots of fit and finish issues along with failing wheel bearings and bad fuel injectors.
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Annual repairs have nearly doubled price paid for vehicle; substantial engine problems; none of the 4 recalls addressed engine issues.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
2009 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
same as above
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
It is my 6th Honda. % previous ones gave no reason to suspect anything down the road.
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Consumer Reports and many owner reviews confirm the Accord is a reliable car, maintaining its pluses even after high mileage.
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 2dr Coupe 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2003 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.